(approx) 30 Minutes
Simple installation for anyone.
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- How to install a Black Strut Tower Brace on your 2005-2012 Mustang
Justin: If you're looking for one of the most popular and one of the most affordable strut tower options for your stock intake manifold S197 GT or V6, well then the SR Performance Strut Tower Brace in black here might just be worth a look. The SR option is gonna combine aircraft-grade 4130 chromoly steel with a textured black powder coat for right around that $150 price point. While these simple four-bolt installation, will get a one out of three wrenches on your difficulty meter here, with more to come on that later in the video. So, a strut tower brace like this is one of those easy and affordable ways to make a subtle impact on your S197's handling. Helping to stiffen up the front and a little bit more, take some of the roll out of the car when cornering very hard.Now, I do say subtle because in the grand spectrum of handling parts, I would argue there will be other mods out there that will make a bigger impact to improving your handling such as sway bars, springs, and, of course, tires. But 99% of the time, a strut tower brace like this will be far more affordable and far easier to install than all of those other modifications I've just listed. But going back to the construction, I do wanna point out that SR has incorporated that aircraft-grade 4130 chromoly steel for the overall build here including the one-inch tubular parallel beam design and all finished in that textured black powder coat which looks great and low key under the hood. Now, if you don't prefer low key or anything like that, you want something that's certainly gonna pop a little bit more, SR does also offer a chrome variant of the same exact strut bar for a few bucks more. That, of course, you can find right here on the site.Now, in addition to your different finish options, another thing I believe is really cool with the SR option, maybe not cool right now, but is this blank plate section. If you go on the customer image section of the product page, you'll notice owners have customized this particular area in a number of different ways through maybe paint, different emblems, things like that. So, it kind of gives you an opportunity to customize your under hood or engine bay area a little bit more with the SR option. But, as we did point out at the very top of this video, guys, this particular strut tower brace will not clear those taller intake manifolds such as your Boss 302 or Cobra Jet or maybe even a positive displacement supercharger without modification. Sure, you can get crazy, add spacers, things like that but as it's meant to be installed, it will not clear those taller options.Now, if you do have something like that installed, you might need to look into some different options here on the site, maybe from BMR or even the Boss 302 option from Ford Performance. Now, with all that covered, let's quickly get into the installation with SR Performance option. And again, easy four-bolt install per side, so eight altogether for all my mathletes out there. Shouldn't take it any longer than 30 minutes to an hour depending on what you're working with. And here's my buddy, Joe to walk you through the job, in addition to giving you a quick tool breakdown.Joe: The tools used for this install were, a 3/8 impact driver and a 13-millimeter socket.So, the first step to this install is gonna be to remove the 4 strut tower nuts located on either side of the engine bay using a 13-millimeter socket. Next, you can place your strut tower brace on top of each strut tower. Next, you're gonna install the provided washers on top of the strut tower brace before you bolt it down. Now, you can just repeat this process on the other side and start tightening down your nuts.And that's gonna wrap up this review and install of the SR Performance Strut Tower Brace for your '05 to '14 Mustang. Thanks for watching. And for all things Mustang, keep it right here at americanmuscle.com.
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Technical Note. This strut tower brace will clear factory plenum covers on 2005-2014 GTs. Some 2006-2009 V6 Mustangs may require minor modifications to assure proper clearance of the factory coil pack boots. Will not clear BOSS 302 Intake Manifold or Edelbrock E-Force Supercharger.
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January 13, 2020
I've been driving the same car for almost 6 years so I'm very aware on how it feels when I drive and corner. I got this with the rear tower as well and although it's not an insane difference, it's definitely noticeable and well worth the investment if you want to improve handling on a car that needs it badly!Helpful (0)
January 09, 2020
Less roll, better time around bendy roads . Easy set up. Clean look. SEXY lookin. You feel the difference as soon as its on.Helpful (0)
December 26, 2019
SR Strut Tower
Perfect fit under the hood! Would recommend to others.Helpful (0)
December 25, 2019
Got this to help reduce body roll, helps some. Mostly just looks nice, adds a cool touch to the engine bayHelpful (0)
December 20, 2019
Its a great product but I recently changed out my spark plugs and plug wires and the socket close to the strut tower makes the socket hard to click in place on the coil distributor also causing it to lean out of the socket.Just a little though .It's cool for now but if it causes the plug wire to come lose I may have to remove the brace :(Helpful (0)
December 16, 2019
You can feel the difference the very first ride you take with this on. The black powder coat gives it a very nice look under my hood.Helpful (0)
December 09, 2019
Small problems, but fixed
Missing some parts when it arrived, AM shipped them out quickly. Great customer service. Really like the look under the hood. The fit was so-so the indents in the tower caps dont exactly fit the tower. Not that noticeable though. Overall happy with the purchaseHelpful (0)
November 28, 2019
Great for Convertible.
Perfect Fit! Good quality and looks awesome! Keeps the convertible stable.Helpful (1)
November 24, 2019
Although this product is suppose to fit my car it was too high and when installed the hood would not shut. As this was a scratch product I was unaware that it needed to be returned by 7 days. American muscle was kind enough to give me a refund credit for my next purchase. Please read the conditions when you purchase products. As I was busy and didn’t install it right away.Helpful (0)
November 21, 2019
Like the design of this brace
I like the fact that it uses the whole top of the strut tower, 4 bolts for strength. I’ve only driven the car a week since I purchased it. Weather turned fast and they started salting the roads. So my new toy is tucked and blocked until April. I didn’t even have a chance to install itHelpful (0)
I am worried that it won't clear my factory hood on my 2006 GT because I had a ford racing strut tower brace and I tried to install it and my hood wouldn't close. So i just want to know if this would clear my stock hood?
This strut tower brace will indeed clear factory plenum covers on 2005-2014 GTs.
Will installing this cause the tire/camber alignment to be thrown off since you need to remove the strut tower bolts?
Installing the SR Performance Black Strut Tower Brace will not affect the alignment of your vehicle.
How much does this weigh?
The SR Performance Black Strut Tower Brace weight approximately 12lb's.
Will this fit with the new jet cobra intake manifold? I know the stock gt tower brace wont work and neither will the boss tower brace. But what about this? Cause I do not want to lose my tower brace for a manifold upgrade.
Within the text for the cobra jet manifold: •A new Computer Tune is required for installation. •Stock fuel rails can be reused for this application. •Nitrous oxide is not recommended for use with this manifold. •Stock and aftermarket strut tower braces designed to clear factory GT or BOSS manifolds will not fit. •Will require a custom air intake tube to mate to oval throttle body opening.
Does this brace rub the hood insulationon a 07 GT?
I have one on my 07 V6 and it does NOT rub the insulation.
You can use this with the CC plates but it is not a replacement for CC Plates or the bolt.
This will not clear the Ford Performance intake no.
This will not clear the Boss 302 manifold no.
The SR Performance lack strut tower brace will be able to fit under the 2006 V6 stock hood.
Unfortunately, the SR Performance Black Strut Tower Brace (05-14 GT, V6) will not clear a Roush Supercharger. The only strut tower we have that will clear superchargers or larger manifolds would be the Ford Boss 302 Strut Tower Brace (05-14 GT, V6), item # 53686, (http://www.americanmuscle.com/boss302-strut-brace-0512.html).
The SR Performance Black Strut Tower Brace (05-14 GT, V6) will not fit with the Ford Racing Whipple supercharger.
A Cervini Stalker 2 hood will fit just fine over this strut tower brace, however it's possible modification may be needed to get this installed in tandem with your caster camber plates.
The measurements of the center plate on the SR Performance Black Strut Tower Brace is 3.5"x8".
(approx) 30 Minutes
Simple installation for anyone.
What's in the Box
Will not clear BOSS 302 Intake Manifold or Edelbrock E-Force Supercharger.